March 8th is International Women’s Day, so we at Muslyfe are giving all our attention to these brave, bold and brilliant women that have a made a difference in the world and honour their accomplishments all month long. Here I’ve listed eight inspiring women, who are remarkable and outstanding people, showing much impact and inspire all of us.
- Ibtihaj Muhammad
Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first Muslim-American athlete to earn a medal at the Olympics in 2016, doing so while wearing a hijab. She graduated from university with a dual major in International Relations and African Studies, minoring in Arabic. She has stepped in to represent something very powerful: you can overcome challenges and shatter perceptions through sports. She’s been through the lows in life on what she wears on her head, being harrassed on the streets to being called names. Ibtihaj Muhammad is showing the human race that Muslim-Americans can achieve anything; dreams and aspirations, if they put their heart into it. Since then, she’s named ‘Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list’.
2. Vivy Yusof
Who doesn’t know Vivy Yusof? Not only is she famous for being the woman behind FashionValet, she’s also famous for her blog, and of course, her Instagram. She co-founded it with her husband (co-founder and CEO) Fadza Anuar. She is also a model, blogger, fashion icon, and a mother of two beautiful children. Vivy Yusof is known for her witty jokes and charming personality, she’s approachable and every girl surely looks up to her.
Vivy came up with the idea of being in the e-commerce industry while studying for Law in the UK. When they started, online shopping in Malaysia was not widely known nor was it a trend yet. They took risks and held only 10 brands at first, and bear in mind, back then no one really did online shopping. They took risks and had stick to their gut, and now look where they are, holding up to more than 400 designers!
Vivy Yusof inspires us to be the woman that she is: smart, intelligent, professional, and is a risk-taker. She teaches that we shouldn’t be afraid to have an idea that is new and different, something that people aren’t used to. Take roles as challenges and make it work for you. Who knows, you might just build an empire, just like her.
3. Malala Yousafzai
At the age of 17, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a Pakistani activist who struggled against suppression of children and young people for the right of all children to education, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She inspires us all to be a better person and to help others and all of humanity. She has risked her life for the betterment of those who need it the most. She survived from being shot in the head, did not cry and grieve when needles were being sewed in and out of her and could miraculously see, talk and hear after her surgery, even after it was said that she couldn’t. We often did not realized but she quoted,
We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced
4. Zaha Hadid
If you look up “Zaha Hadid” on your internet’s browser, you’ll be able to look at her creations that look as fluid as mercury, and as light as a leaf, that are often eye-catching and also jaw-dropping. Zaha Hadid was one of world’s leading architects who’s designs include the London Olympic Aquatic Centre. She was the world-renowned British architect who was fearless and a trailblazer. She was known as the ‘Queen of the Curve’. Her ability to mix old school craft skills with revolutionary computer programs saw her emerge as the most exciting and innovative architects of her generation. She has added an enormous amount of language to architecture. Her characteristics of being short tempered and difficult to work with had allowed her to overcome prejudice and skepticism to design truly remarkable buildings which had her receive multiple awards. Zaha Hadid died at the age of 65 in 2016 and leaves behind an extraordinary legacy which can be seen through her buildings for generations to come.
5. Indra Nooyi
Not only is this woman an industry leader since taking on the top job in 2006, but this Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, has made sacrifices in order to become in the position of the career that she is in. She has strong values for this nation’s iconic company and always make sure to give back. A very courageous woman who takes her responsibility to her community and country very seriously and to always perform with purpose. She inspires us and remind us in so many ways that not only can she able to generate profit, but also do good at the same time. Indra Nooyi is recognized internationally as a visionary leader, known for her keen intellect, strategic thinking and can-do attitude.
6. Oprah Winfrey
Back when I was little, I would always see Oprah Winfrey on TV in on a couch interviewing inspiring people for their life stories. She is a woman who came from a childhood that had a dark past, an abusive childhood, and has become a successful and influential T.V. host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. It taught me the true meaning of treating others the way we want to be treated. An individual who is unstoppable, empathetic and full of loving care. She stands up for what she believes in, she’s selfless and dedicated. All of what we all should be.
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness
These are words to live by! Let’s make it our life’s motto!
7. Cher Wang
Not many women have ventured into the rough waters of entrepreneurship, especially in the technology sector which is primarily dominated by male. Cher Wang, a Taiwanese entrepreneur and philanthropist is the co-founder and chairperson of HTC Corporation. She has managed to do so and has emerged to the surface victoriously. Her journey is without a doubt an inspiration for all young women who wish to follow in her footsteps and become a successful entrepreneur, not just in any area, but in technology. She believe that technology makes our lives easier and that we should embrace it. Being a woman in the technology industry and holding such a high position, she believes that women’s wants and beliefs are reflected into how the future of technology will be developed further into.
8. Jean Liu
Jean Liu is the woman behind China’s largest ride-sharing service, Didi Chuxing. She is one of the most prominent woman leaders in the Chinese tech, who has made big waves in the industry, who was also treated for breast cancer at the age of 37. Despite of being ill, that didn’t stop her from leading such a great mobile car-hailing platform. She and her team are succeeding with innovative technology to improve the efficiency of their service and to ease the congestion in China. Jean Liu knows that to be a great company, you don’t need the best product, but the vital asset is the best people. Their strategy is to get the best young talent that are from the various fields and have a huge impact. She did not let illness stop her from her determination on creating great things, Jean Liu is truly an inspiring leader that never gave up on achieving what is aimed.